The state Division of Agriculture could have added authority to assist stop the unfold of animal-borne illness by proscribing the motion and sale of diseased animals, because of laws handed by state Rep. Sonya M. Harper, D-Chicago.
“Throughout previous outbreaks, just like the current hen flu epidemic, we’ve seen how illness was in a position to unfold and have an effect on an increasing number of animals as a result of authorities may solely ask that animals not be moved,” Harper mentioned. “That’s why, when my fellow lawmakers and I sat down to determine the way to remedy this downside, we shortly realized that with the ability to quarantine affected animal populations was essential.”
Harper’s Home Invoice 3087 permits the Director of the Illinois Division of Agriculture to declare a short lived, statewide ban on the sale, motion or exhibition of sure sorts of diseased animals. Such declarations can final for a most of 30 days, however will be prolonged in 30-day increments.
Beforehand, the Director needed to ask the Governor to subject such an order and the order may solely have an effect on an outlined municipality or geographic space. This proved inefficient and hampered the Division’s response to the 2022 hen flu outbreak which led to the deaths of over 49 million wild and domesticated fowl. Many farms and hen refuges have been notably hard-hit.
The invoice was unanimously permitted by each Home and Senate. Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed the invoice into regulation on July 4, and it turns into efficient January 1, 2024.
Harper is chairperson of the Home Agriculture and Conservation committee and has an extended report of sponsoring laws to advertise and defend agriculture and farmers.
“Conserving our state’s animal populations—each wild and livestock—protected when there’s an outbreak is essential,” Harper mentioned. “Not solely to defending our surroundings, but in addition the agricultural financial system and the farms and farmers whose livelihoods are in danger in the event that they lose their flocks. That’s why ensuring that we now have the instruments to reply successfully to emergencies is so essential.”